(Live Online) Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

The objective of the workshop is to learn many new and exciting ways to paint spontaneous watercolors. We will explore the creativity in each person participating. Robert likes to put fun into the process of painting. Along with his enthusiasm, and many new techniques, he will create an atmosphere for creative watercolor painting. Beginning, intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters are welcome!

Each class there will two or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student. At the beginning of each session you will see examples of that days painting. Then you will watch Robert demonstrate that painting. You will paint along with Robert, step by step. There will be detailed explanations of all the painting exercises. Robert will look at each individuals endeavors and give valuable feedback.

Robert will bring to this class the same enthusiasm and energy you have experienced in his classroom workshops. You will gain from this workshop a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many new techniques and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!

 

(Live Online) Portrait Drawing the Easy Way

You can easily learn to draw a portrait. Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends, famous people, and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough. Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way. In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces. You will surprise your friends and family and most important yourself.

You will learn the basics of portrait drawing—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw. You will learn:
easy to remember portrait proportions,
how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat,
how to place the face on the paper,
how to make your drawing quickly without a lot of fuss,
where to begin and each step to proceed,
how to practice to increase your skill
a number of different media to use for the best results and much more.

No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it.

 

 

(On Site) Painting Fundamentals – Evening Class

A la Carte now available! Sign up for one or more individual sessions HERE. You can sign-up online, or drop-in and pay in person to attend!

You Can Paint!
Explore the fundamentals of painting, with an emphasis on fun. This class is for everyone. Beginners are welcome, and more advanced painters will increase their skills. You can use oils or acrylics — or both!

You will learn about the essentials of painting — methods, techniques, and basic skills. Each session will emphasize fundamental concepts: Shapes and Blending; Edges and Boundaries; Positive Space and Negative Space; Color, Temperature, and Value. Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and encapsulating the lessons for each session. We will do brief guided exercises, including small-scale studies, and then apply these lessons in extended sessions. In the final meetings, students will focus on one or two paintings, developing them to completion. And everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.

 


 

Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

(On Site) Paint Like the Masters — The American Impressionists

Dates Updated: November 29 through December 20

Exploring the work of the great masters is one of the most time-honored ways of learning how to paint. In this series of four classes, we will take our inspiration from the American Impressionists — great painters like Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Edgar Payne, Theodore Robinson, and more. Their work is available for us to learn from, like unlocking a mystery. How did they do that? Let’s find out!

Toaa will be painting along with the group, demonstrating and encapsulating the lessons for each session, including key concepts like composition, color theory, artistic style, and storytelling. We will have lots of wonderful paintings to learn from, as examples to inspire us. But we won’t be copying them: Everyone will be encouraged to go their own way, to explore and have fun. In the final meetings, students will focus on one or two paintings, developing them to completion. And everyone will be invited to share their work with the group, for friendly feedback.

 


This class also includes an extra online session about American Impressionism and the specific artists we’re learning about (Thursday, October 27, 2pm to 4pm, though Zoom). We will look at lots of beautiful paintings, with the benefit of visual tools and computer technology that can bring the world of art and history to our desktops, laptops, and tablets. And everyone will have a front-row seat!

 

 


 

Meet the Instructor:

Toaa Dallo has offered classes and intensive workshops at his Santa Cruz Art Studios since 1994 and has also given numerous lectures and demonstrations for art clubs and organizations. In 2012 he began teaching classes and all-day workshops at Palace Art in Capitola, where he has worked with thousands of students of all ages, interests, and needs. Toaa’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been seen in art shows and galleries principally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Figure Painting Quick Studies

Improve your painting and figurative drawing skills painting the nude and partially clothed figure from life. We will experiment with different palettes of color in ink, acrylic and watercolor.

Students may draw or paint using any medium they are comfortable with, or experiment with the different mediums that we cover in class


Meet the Instructor:

Darren has an MFA in figurative painting and has taught portrait, figure, and landscape painting at Pacific Art League, Santa Cruz Art League, and Palo Alto Art Center.

 

 


Materials:

Acrylic on toned or white multimedia paper
Ink with brush wash
Watercolor over graphite or ink


 

Kids Class: Animal Art (5 and up!)

Coming This Fall!

Young artists, 5 years and up, create animals in their natural habitats using scientific drawing techniques and references. In this class we will be he kids could collaborate on a book with Tannery students “Creatures that Fly.” Students will be using multiple media from simple pencils, to pens, pastels, watercolor pencils and watercolor paint. Artists work at their own pace with their own chosen “creature”. Materials will be provided.

Linda Cover, a SPECTRA teaching artist, has taught in schools throughout Santa Cruz County and at the Tannery Arts Center, for many years. She has received multiple educator awards, and her students numerous national, international and local awards for their work.

(ONSITE) Watercolor Thursdays (Oct. – Nov.)

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the six-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

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Try Watercolor Tuesday if you’re new to watercolor or prefer a smaller class size!

(ONSITE) Watercolor TUESDAY (Oct. – Nov.)

We recommend this Tuesday class for those who are a little more inexperienced or prefer a smaller class size.

This class is geared to facilitate those who have never painted and those who have advanced their skills. Most class sessions will include a demo and then time to work on the elements of the demo. Information on materials, including colors and “gimmicks”, and tools is given throughout the four-week period. The goal of this class is to encourage the joy of painting, while improving skills and knowledge. This is a “fun” class, so bring a sense of humor and whatever materials you have and enjoy.

Instructor Linda Lord is a self-trained artist and illustrator with over 16 years teaching experience in her studio and via the SC Watercolor Society; an Open Studio artist whose exhibitions include Cozumel, Mexico. Linda also publishes with a decorative art publisher.

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ON SITE Pastel Painting October 2022

The perfect way to start the weekend… Loosen up and have fun with pastels!  Using expressive marks and color we will paint vibrant landscapes and still life. The essentials of pastel painting will be covered including approaches and methods of application, pastels from hard to soft, surface possibilities, color theory and under painting. Demos, problem solving, and lots of individual instruction are included. This class is appropriate for both beginners in pastel and those who are experienced with the medium. Just bring whatever pastels you may have and explore the possibilities of this versatile medium!

(ON SITE) Kids Class: Animal Art

Young artists, 5 years and up, create animals in their natural habitats using scientific drawing techniques and references. In this class we will be he kids could collaborate on a book with Tannery students “Creatures that Fly.” Students will be using multiple media from simple pencils, to pens, pastels, watercolor pencils and watercolor paint. Artists work at their own pace with their own chosen “creature”. Materials will be provided.

Linda Cover, a SPECTRA teaching artist, has taught in schools throughout Santa Cruz County and at the Tannery Arts Center, for many years. She has received multiple educator awards, and her students numerous national, international and local awards for their work.